I’ve been a USCCA member for a few months but this will be my first post on the forums. I’m constantly reading articles off the app and love the tools USCCA provides for reciprocity and such.
Long story short, I plan on becoming a firearms instructor. I work on a hunting preserve where we a firing range where CCW classes used to be held so I have the location. I’m passionate about the 2nd amendment and I believe it empowers people to be able to protect themselves, the same with working and providing for yourself.
I’ve had several people who have come to me knowing concealed carry is a passion of mine asking for instructors and most of the ones in the area that I know of and can find have retired or aren’t far from it. The majority of classes are an hour or more drive away, with an 8 hour class that adds up quickly. I’ve had my license for a few years but only truly gotten serious about training in the last year. I’ve been taking classes for my own skills to improve but want to move beyond that and help train those in my area.
So I’ve got the location, passion and I believe it’s something needed in my area. Everyone I’ve talked to says to start out find someone to mentor you, problem is I can’t find anyone in my area. I’d like to start by doing CCW classes and focus not only on basic skills and laws but also holsters. I know several people who ended up not carrying until I helped them find holsters that fit their body/lifestyle and tap them into the world of holsters that’s out there.
I live in Crawford County, Ohio and would appreciate any tips on getting started or anyone’s advice on who to go to not only to become a certified instructor (from the research I’ve done it seems like Ohio recognizes NRA instructors for CCW) but possibly mentor under.